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Paul Hastings Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
42 Reviews
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42 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    DPS

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Paul Hastings

    Pros

    Good pay, good hours, interesting colleagues

    Cons

    1/2 hr. Lunches, bad morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved working here. Then they laid us all off.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Increasingly bottom-line oriented big law firm where the partners view associates as fungible, at least in SF

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Paul Hastings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sophisticated clients and smart attorneys

    Cons

    Lack of investment in associate development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Associates don't feel like they are valued contributors to the firm, therefore also feel no loyalty to the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent, typical biglaw firm - not terrible, not amazing

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney

    I worked at Paul Hastings full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Standard biglaw compensation and perks. People are reasonably friendly. Has some interesting practices, forward-moving and forward-looking. Stable-ish. Lots of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Used to have reasonable hours. Billable target is reasonable, but actual working hours are longer than even firms known for that. Depending on the office and department, some people are great and take you under their wing; others are just plain awful to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to expect everyone from mid-level associates to partners to be mentors and managers, give them *lots* of training on how to manage juniors. Also, if you're going to have a mentorship/feedback program, make people take it seriously and actually follow through with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Paul Hastings full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to learn. In house presentations to keep up with CLE credits. Good health insurance and benefits.

    Cons

    You have to play politics to advance in your career. Very long hours and hard work required but it is worth it.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    High quality legal work

    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Paul Hastings full-time

    Pros

    - Partners are willing to train and mentor associates.
    - Perks and compensation are standard for biglaw.
    - High quality, cross-border legal work.

    Cons

    - The company health insurance is quite expensive.
    - The hours are very long (as is the case for all big law firms).
    - The technology system is outdated.
    - The annual review process is arcane and opaque.

  7.  

    Great firm to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Paul Hastings full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Growth opportunities are available for those who work hard. The firm does a good job of staying stable during the most difficult economic times.

    Cons

    Can feel more like a large corporation at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees and show them that they're appreciated and valued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Summer Internship Records Department

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    Former Employee - Records Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Records Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Paul Hastings as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great People, Good pay for an internship

    Cons

    Work gets repetitive and boring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Business development intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Paul Hastings

    Pros

    Small team, a lot of learning and entrepreneurial spirit

    Cons

    It can be boring sometimes,

  10.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patent Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Patent Secretary in Washington, DC

    I worked at Paul Hastings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, competative pay, great training, wonderful moral

    Cons

    Personal growth, lack of office services support

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees are terrified of losing jobs, benefits...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Paul Hastings

    Pros

    PH is a well-regarded, big law firm staffed with skilled professionals. The culture and people provide for a decent working environment but the lack of top-down communication also creates an atmosphere of total paranoia with regard to job security.

    Cons

    Management unabashedly requires staff to train their replacements and attorneys routinely are overworked. What once used to be a benefits package flush with bells and whistles has each year been whittled down to but a toot of a horn.

    Doesn't Recommend

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